Behind Forgotten Eyes
(76 min, USA/South Korea/Japan, 2007)
There are heartbreaking moments in history that the world prefers to forget. Whilst Korea groaned under the harsh colonial rule of Imperial Japan, the Japanese Imperial Army coerced, tricked, and forced more than 200,000 Korean women into a brutal and systematic form of sexual slavery. This unconventional and shocking film examines the enduring legacy of this horrifying chapter in East Asian history through interviews with Korean victims, Japanese soldiers, academics, and social activists.
Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director.
THE LINE THAT DEFINES
Still Human Still Here: Destitution of the Refused Asylum Seekers
Directors: Marc Hoeferlin, Barney Broomfield
(12 min, UK, 2007)
Still Human Still Here depicts the predicament of refused UK asylum seekers who are denied support or the right to work, even if they are evidently unable to return to their country. Many are living in abject poverty, relying on others to survive, going hungry, and sleeping in the streets. The ‘Still Human Still Here’ campaign calls on the UK government to end destitution as a policy tool against refused asylum-seekers.
Pray The Devil Back To Hell
Director: Gini Reticker
(72 min, USA, 2007)
This is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women—both Christian and Muslim—who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on violent warlords and the corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace in 2003 for their shattered country. The women’s historic, yet unsung achievement to bring lasting peace to their country is captured through contemporary interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia.
NOT ALL IN GOOD FAITH
Director: Zhenchen Liu
(10 min, France, 2007)
Every year, more than 100,000 Chinese families are displaced as city planners tear down parts of Shanghai’s old town to regenerate the city. The families are forced to move into buildings on the edge of the city. Under Construction is a two and three-dimensional flight across the now destroyed living areas in Shanghai.
Up The Yangtze
Director: Yung Chang
(93 min, Canada, 2007)
The Three Gorges Dam, a contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle, provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside the 21st century Chinese dream. A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze navigating the mythic waterway known as “The River,” which is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. As floodwaters rise, a young woman says goodbye to her family. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang crafts a moving depiction of peasant life, a powerful narrative of contemporary China, and a disquieting glimpse into a future that awaits us all.
Is it Just a Game? 2
Director: Shakuntala Kulkarni
(3 min, India, 2007)
Kabaddi is a game I played as a young girl. It is played with innocence, for pure fun and joy. Now, as a grown-up, I play the same game in the film to address and challenge issues of power verses victimization, and violence and viciousness within the politics of gender, caste, and race, the world over.
Is it Just a Game? 3
Director: Shakuntala Kulkarni
(3 min, India, 2007)
Morality TV and The Loving Jihad – A Thrilling Tale
Director: Paromita Vohra
(31 min, India, 2007)
In 2005 in Meerut, India, police officers, mostly women, swooped down and beat lovers in a park. Accompanying the police were reporters and photographers promised an exclusive of this sting operation. Images of the operation were repeatedly broadcast, prompting protests both for and against the operation. The film examines the town’s complex social dynamics—the fear of love, social control of women’s mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, as well as issues of caste and feudalism.
Flying Inside My Body
Directors: Sumit Sharma, Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh, Ajeeta Chowhan
(35 min, India, 2008)
Flying Inside My Body explores how the form of the body can become a powerful, physical language to express dissent over societal norms and conventions. Veteran photographer Sunil Gupta challenges the stereotypes that define one’s body, sexuality, and identity. Gupta spent over 20 years compiling this photographic chronicle of the gay community in India, while exploring his relationship with his country. The film combines still photography, moving images, and text to tell an intensely personal story, which questions deeply ingrained prejudices.
ZONES OF WAR
Producers: WITNESS, Comissao Pastoral da Terra (CPT) and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
(16 min, Kenya/USA, 2007)
In 1974, the Kenyan government evicted the Endorois people from their land to make way for a game reserve and tourist resort. The community continues to fight for reparation for their loss and restitution for their land. Yet, their efforts have been met with denial, harassment, and subsequent evictions by successive Kenyan governments. The latest evictions made way for mineral mining. Rightful Place examines the impact of displacement on individual and community identity and the struggle of the Endorois to reclaim their rightful place.
The Sari Soldiers
Director: Julie Bridgham
(Nepal / USA / 2008 / 92 min / Nepali)
Filmed during a pivotal period in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers chronicles the courageous efforts of six women caught on opposing sides of a civil war against Maoist insurgents and a crackdown on civil liberties by the Nepalese king. A witness to the torture and murder of her niece by soldiers in the Royal Nepal Army, Devi speaks out publicly. In retaliation, her 15-year-old daughter is abducted. The film depicts Devi’s three-year struggle to uncover her daughter’s fate and seek justice as well as the journeys of five other women caught up in a revolution that reshapes the country’s future.
- Human Rights Film Festival 2008
- The South Asia Center at the Daniel Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs